The extraordinary ‘order’ Labor bosses made of SAS Australia contender Emma Husar


Emma Husar has spoken out about how she was forced to resign from politics in an explosive interrogation on Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia.

After being hooded and led into an interrogation room by the show’s DS (directing staff), the 41-year-old former Labor staffer detailed the scandal that destroyed her political career.

She said she was taken to get her hair done before being ‘forced to quit’ in 2018 amid reports she had indecently exposed herself to Labor frontbencher Jason Clare. 

Bombshell: Emma Husar has spoken out about how she was forced to resign from politics in an explosive interrogation on Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia

‘My kids were nine, 11 and 16 when their mother was being called a s**t in the nation’s media, on every front page across the country,’ she recounted. 

‘There was about 2,500 articles that I had flashed myself in front of my colleague without wearing underpants. That I was sleeping with everybody in Canberra just about. 

‘I had media camped outside the front door for weeks, chase me across the front lawn, asking me with a camera and a mic in my face, “Are you a s**t? Are you really Sharon Stone?”‘

Speaking out: After being hooded and led into an interrogation room by the show's DS (directing staff), the 41-year-old former Labor staffer detailed the scandal that destroyed her political career

Speaking out: After being hooded and led into an interrogation room by the show’s DS (directing staff), the 41-year-old former Labor staffer detailed the scandal that destroyed her political career

Emma insisted there was no truth to the reports, branding them ‘absolutely’ false, but said she still lost her job over the scandal.

‘I was thrown out of parliament under a bus,’ she continued. 

‘The Labor party, when they made me resign, forced me to apologise for things that I hadn’t done, they drove me to the place where I would give my resignation. They organised the media, they took me to a hair appointment.’

Forced out: She said she was taken to get her hair done before being 'forced to quit' in 2018 amid reports she had indecently exposed herself to Labor frontbencher Jason Clare

Forced out: She said she was taken to get her hair done before being ‘forced to quit’ in 2018 amid reports she had indecently exposed herself to Labor frontbencher Jason Clare

The former MP said the media reports had ‘cost me everything’, despite the fact that both Emma and Clare himself had denied the allegations, with Clare branding them ‘categorically untrue’.

‘I was forced to resign. I was told I had to step down. I was effectively shamed into silence. There was no support for me,’ she said. 

‘They were all bystanders. Their silence, approval of, “Don’t speak, don’t tell. This is a boys’ club. And we’re not dismantling it for anybody.”‘

'My kids were nine, 11 and 16 when their mother was being called a s**t in the nation's media, on every front page across the country,' she recounted

‘My kids were nine, 11 and 16 when their mother was being called a s**t in the nation’s media, on every front page across the country,’ she recounted

Emma said she was later ‘diagnosed with severe depression and acute anxiety’ as a direct result of the ordeal, and described herself as being ‘completely numb’.

‘I think the strongest memory I had of that time was just how much I hated being a woman. When I went to Canberra, I was acutely aware of the way that womens’ sexuality is used as a force to really undermine us…’ she began. 

‘Looking at what the men have been able to get away with and the double standards and the hypocrisy that goes on. 

False: Emma insisted there was no truth to the reports, branding them 'absolutely' false, but said she still lost her job over the scandal

False: Emma insisted there was no truth to the reports, branding them ‘absolutely’ false, but said she still lost her job over the scandal

‘The news events of this year about Canberra have made me want to reach for the bucket on more than one occasion. 

‘We’ve seen multiple men behaving badly with evidence that they are actually doing the wrong thing, and they are treating that place like a boys’ club.’

She added: ‘They just find new ways to keep us marginalised and keep us on the side. I just wish I would’ve had more courage and I would’ve said, “Enough is enough.”‘

'The Labor party, when they made me resign, forced me to apologise for things that I hadn't done, they drove me to the place where I would give my resignation. They organised the media, they took me to a hair appointment,' she said. Pictured at Parliament House in Canberra in November 2016

‘The Labor party, when they made me resign, forced me to apologise for things that I hadn’t done, they drove me to the place where I would give my resignation. They organised the media, they took me to a hair appointment,’ she said. Pictured at Parliament House in Canberra in November 2016

After joining the Australian Labor Party in 2016, Emma made national headlines two years later when she was accused of sitting opposite Clare and repeatedly exposing herself to him.

A letter obtained by BuzzFeed at the time – which has since been removed – alleged that another Labor staffer witnessed Emma repeatedly spreading her legs to show Clare she wasn’t wearing any underwear.

The letter also alleged that Emma was abusive, had sexually harassed her male colleagues, and would openly discuss her sex life.    

'I was forced to resign. I was told I had to step down. I was effectively shamed into silence. There was no support for me,' she said

‘I was forced to resign. I was told I had to step down. I was effectively shamed into silence. There was no support for me,’ she said

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